Nawlins & 2 Recipes

It’s no secret that I am in love with New Orleans. I may not originally be from there, or live there now, but boy do I love that city. Since my little family is headed back that way in a few weeks, I thought I’d do a post about my favorite things in ‘The Big Easy’. Which happens to be the latest phrase I’ve been teaching my 17 month old daughter (clearly I have priorities).

The absolute first thing I always do fresh off the plane is make my husband or Dad take me to Cafe du Monde. I’m telling you here and now – there is nothing on this planet like cafe au lait and beignets. When I asked Little One if she was excited to try them for the first time all she said was “MMMMMM!” so I’ll take that as a yes.

Cafe au Lait and Beignets

Second, the music. Music anywhere of any kind. I love that I can stop and watch a Sax player in the French Quarter, catch a band at d.b.a. on Frenchmen or be lucky enough to see an impromptu performance at Jazz Fest.

Sax Player

Glen David Andrews and Trombone Shorty

{Glen David Andrews and Troy Trombone Shorty at Jazz Fest 2011}

3rd, the dessert. Normally I would say food in general (because good lord it’s amazing) but I can never wait long enough to take good photos of food when I’m there, so I have none. Whoops! I do however, usually have time to photograph my desserts and they are some of the best I’ve ever had.

Sucre Gelato

{Sucre Gelato}

Emerilas Banana Cream Pie

{Emeril’s Banana Cream Pie}

PS: I did say I would blog a couple of recipe wins I had yesterday, so here they are 🙂

Vanilla Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies


Naked Chicken Club Salad


    • 2 Chicken Breasts, cut into two more pieces, leaving you with 4
    • 1 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs, divided
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
    • 2 Slices Bacon, Cooked and Crumbled
    • 1/2 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
For the Avocado Salsa
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pinch salt and Pepper
  • 1 Squirt Lemon Juice
  • Lettuce


  1. Divide the bread crumbs evenly between two dishes. Add the salt and pepper and mix to combine.
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat with a drizzle of olive oil (or use bacon grease from cooked bacon, this is what we used).
  4. Place each breast in the bread crumbs, pressing down to help the crumbs stick (only one side). Once the pan is hot and the oil is beginning to shimmer, add the chicken and immediately turn down to low. Allow the chicken to cook for about 4-6 minutes, and the bread crumbs have turned golden. Remove the chicken to a baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with a little bit of the separated bread crumbs. Place in the oven to bake for about 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the bacon and then cheese. Place the chicken back in the oven until the cheese is melted and the chicken is cooked through, another 8-10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the avocados, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice and season to taste.
  7. Place lettuce on a platter and once the meat is cooked, allow it to cool for a few minutes, place on the lettuce and top with the salsa. Enjoy!

Who Doesn’t Love Dessert?

One of the first things I started photographing was food, specifically baked goods that I made. I have always loved baking, and when I was a teenager my Mom & Gramma taught me what they knew. Sometimes I still call my Mom for advice in the midst of baking something complicated or new, covered in flour and holding my daughter, sounding exasperated. At the end of the day though, it was (and still is, but don’t tell my husband this) my first true love. Then I discovered Photography and the two meshed so well together, it was fate.

My first attempts at food styling were, at best, sub-par; but I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting over the years. Below are some photos of my all time favorite desserts. What’s your favorite dessert?

Blueberry Pie

{Blueberry Pie}


Cherry Cobbler

{Cherry Cobbler}


Rootbeer Float Cupcake

{Rootbeer Float Cupcakes}


Apple Pie

{Apple Pie}


Viennese Snowdrop Cookies

{Viennese Snow Drop Cookies}


Sugar Cookies

{Sugar Cookies}